Secret Service agents investigated for drinking and driving accident at White House

From Washington Post:

The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday.

Officers on duty who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, according to a current and a former government official familiar with the incident. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal matter.

That’s some deep doo-doo. Not only did these guys hit a barricade at the White House (which also happens to be their place of employment), but they hit a barricade that was set up to guard Metro Police and Secret Service agents who were investigating a suspicious package at the time.

The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. on the White House compound near 15th Street and Freedom Park, as Metropolitan Police Department and Secret Service officers were trying to clear the scene due to an investigation of a suspicious package, according to the people familiar with the incident.

Witnesses reported that the car’s overhead flashing lights had been activated and both agents were showing their badges to get through the section of the grounds that had been closed off, according to people familiar with the incident.

The vehicle ran through security tape before hitting the barricades, which an agency official said had been set up temporarily during the investigation of the package.

Imagine investigating the package situation and then BAM!, a car slams into the barricade. You probably are thinking we are under attack until Darryl and Darryl get out of the car hammered drunk.


[Washington Post]